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AmeriCorps National

AmeriCorps National members are utilized by a host site to engage the community in direct service to address community needs. Member roles might include hands-on building, or supporting volunteers and partner families. Habitat AmeriCorps National members commit to 46.5 weeks of service and receive a minimal living allowance.

AmeriCorps National members may serve in the following roles:

Construction Crew Leadership - Responsible for knowledge of construction tasks and leading crews of skilled and unskilled volunteers and partner families in those tasks, all while maintaining a safe and efficient work environment. For those affiliates involved with NRI, Construction Crew Leaders can be valuable assets to the on-site volunteer training and management aspect of programs like ABWK, Critical Home Repair, and Rehabs. Members also may assist affiliates in disaster recovery efforts.

Deconstruction Coordination - Responsible for assisting with the management and execution of deconstruction programs. This could include providing leadership and direction to volunteers and partner families in the deconstruction of homes and other deconstruction projects, maintaining a safe and efficient work environment, and deconstructing, processing and loading materials for transport.

Family Services Coordination – Responsible for recruiting and supporting partner family applicants and partner families for traditional homeownership opportunities or for expanded housing products such as ABWK or critical home repair. Duties can include conducting applicant orientations, assisting families in application completion, conducting homeowner education, and building alongside partner families as they complete their sweat equity requirements. Veteran outreach is an emerging impact area for family service coordination.

Volunteer Services Coordination – Responsible for recruiting, training, coordinating, recognizing, and supporting individual and group volunteers for the construction sites, office, committees, and NRI community-based activities such as ABWK, weatherization, and Critical Home Repair. Duties include conducting orientations for new volunteers, greeting and building alongside construction volunteers, recognizing volunteers, developing marketing materials, making community presentations and organizing builds with special partnerships. The Volunteer Services Coordinator’s role may also be targeted to specific impact areas, such as NRI, Disaster Recovery, Veterans, etc. For example, affiliates trying to build capacity for their NRI programs can work with a Volunteer Services Coordinator to target and educate volunteer sources about the expanded services and subsequent volunteer opportunities being offered via NRI programming.

Community Outreach Coordination – These members will help the host site raise community awareness of what can be done to improve neighborhoods. Member responsibilities can include mapping community assets and involving community members in decision-making. Members can also cultivate partnerships with faith-based organizations, places of worship, and various community organizations, and act as liaisons between the host site and different community partners. They can help identify potential properties for repair and rehabilitation, conduct community mappings and/or surveys, conduct focus groups, and compile data to establish baseline information and track outcomes. Other activities also include promoting the work of the Habitat locally through speaking engagements and developing marketing materials.

AmeriCorps Benefits that you may be eligible for include:
  • Education award - $5,550 upon successful completion of service. The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service and may be transferable to certain family members if member is 55 on the first day of service. This is a taxable benefit.
  • Student Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans through loan forbearance. While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue. Accrued interest on qualified loans may be eligible for payment by the National Service Trust. Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details. Please note that not all loans are qualified for forbearance and candidates should check with their lender to see if their loan qualifies.
  • Health Benefits: Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan. Please note this plan is does not meet the minimal essential coverage of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Workers compensation
  • Personal and sick leave (about 20 days total)
  • Childcare: AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Requirements to serve:
  • Age 18 or older
  • A U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalence -- or agree to work towards one while serving.
  • Must have a valid driver's license (only required at some sites)
To Express Interest:

1) Create a profile through My AmeriCorps:
  • A profile is required before applying for any position.
  • Create your My AmeriCorps online profile now.

2) Search for opportunities:
  • Once you have created your profile, you may search for and apply to specific service opportunities through My AmeriCorps.
  • View current Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps openings on AmeriCorps.gov.

3) Apply:
  • Once you find an opportunity you would like to apply for, log in to your My AmeriCorps profile.
  • On the left hand menu select “Applicant Home,” and then “Search Listings.”
  • Select the program type you are interested in (AmeriCorps State/National or AmeriCorps VISTA, if applicable).
  • Designate the state where the opportunity is located (if applicable).
  • Under program name, type either “Habitat for Humanity” or the specific “Host Site Name” from our current openings list.
  • Finally, click the “Apply Now” button and follow the steps provided.
4) Follow these tips for completing your My AmeriCorps profile and application(s):
  • In your Motivational Statement, explain why you are interested in committing to a year of service.
  • Make sure you have two completed references. References cannot be friends or family.
  • Placements are competitive; we suggest you apply to multiple opportunities.
About Habitat:

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity has an Administrative Headquarters based in Atlanta, an Operational Headquarters based in Americus, Georgia, and Area Office bases of operations in Manila, Philippines for our Asia and Pacific work, San Jose, Costa Rica for our Latin American and Caribbean work and Bratislava, Slovakia for our Europe, the Middle East and Africa work.

Habitat for Humanity engages people of all ages and backgrounds in addressing community needs.

Location: National
Region: North America
Job Position Type: AmeriCorps
Job Function: US Programs
Job Position Category: Volunteer Opportunity
Last Updated: 10-Jun-2014
Auto Req ID: 146BR
Staffing Number: 1
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